Pakistan in a post-Panama Papers world

Author: Farooq Yousaf, University of Newcastle

When the Supreme Court of Pakistan removed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif from office on 28 July this year as a result of the leaked Panama Papers, many believed that the process of ‘accountability for the rich and influential’ was finally on track.

Political commentators expected Sharif to be less confrontational this time around than when he was dismissed by president Ghulam in the 90s, and resign himself to completing his party’s five-year term. This would allow for a smooth transition for the next prime minister.

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